In my last Source Evaluation Series post, we covered sources and accuracy of information appearing on the American Lung Association website*. Today, we will look at the realism of claims. While somewhat related to source accuracy and validity of data, it does require a slightly different approach. If someone were to offer a diet pill … Continue reading Source Evaluation Series Week 6: Realism of Claims
Last Monday, we focused on funding sources and their function as a possible conflict of interest. The American Lung Association has a reputation as a credible source of information on lung health and contains many references to their own research and findings. However, it is possible to conduct research of peer-reviewed journal articles and see … Continue reading Source Evaluation Series Week 5: Sources and Accuracy of Information Provided
Last Monday, we examined how to decide if an organization wants anything from the visitors to their site. This week’s post focuses on funding sources and their function as a possible conflict of interest. All websites receive funding from somewhere, whether this is from an individual running the site, donations, a corporate entity, or a … Continue reading Source Evaluation Series Week 4: Who is Paying for the Site?
In last Monday's post, we explored the American Lung Association's background. In today's post, we will examine if the organization wants anything from the visitors to their site. While most websites are relatively benign, it is essential to realize that some seemingly well-researched websites have an agenda. Upon further examination of the site, you may … Continue reading Source Evaluation Series Week 3: What Do They Want from You?
Last Monday, we discussed a list of questions one should answer when evaluating a source. Today's post answers the following questions: • Who runs the site? • Why have they created the site? These questions should be easy to determine. Look at the home page for an organization/individual name. Most sites contain an “About” or … Continue reading Source Evaluation Series Week 2: Who Runs the Site & What is the Purpose
I created this series specifically for new and mid-level data hunters conducting personal or academic research. With the sheer volume of information at our fingertips, it is essential to understand how to evaluate sources for reliability. This series walks you through the process of evaluating sources.